The biggest moments from the Israeli Oscar winners' epic night
Behind-the-scenes photos of Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman, from getting ready for the Academy Awards to the after-parties.
From the red carpet photo ops to the backstage frenzy to the emotional acceptance speeches to the after-parties, moments of glory and glamour are everywhere at the Academy Awards. Those moments added up to magic last night for Guy Nattiv and his wife, Jaime Ray Newman, who won their first Oscar for "Skin," a short film they directed and produced. We thought we'd piece together the highlights that made the night so special for the Israeli director and his Michigan-born wife, moment by moment.
The couple spent all day prepping for the magical night, and their 5-month-old daughter Alma even joined in on the primping. We're guessing little Alma was fast asleep when the couple found out they were Oscar winners.
But truthfully, the win might not have been a total surprise. Despite this being Nattiv's first Oscar nomination, he was the odds-on favorite walking into the awards in Los Angeles; both The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times predicted he would win. Variety magazine called Nattiv an "undeniably gifted filmmaker" and said the short film was a "stunner."
Walking the red carpet
The red carpet. Clearly a humbling and intimidating experience for two first-time Oscar attendees, but these two looked like pros.
Newman, after all, is a seasoned TV and movie actress who has appeared in "General Hospital," "Veronica Mars" and "Eastwick," so her Hollywood polish was evident; her husband, Guy, prefers to work behind the scenes. Also joining the couple on the famous red carpet were Trudie Styler, a producer on the film (and the wife of "Police" frontman Sting); as well as producer Andrew Carlberg and writer Sharon Maymon.
"Skin" was announced as the winner of the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film shortly after 10 p.m. EST on Sunday. The couple could hardly contain themselves as they approached the stage with looks of awe and gratitude.
From left to right: Sharon Maymon, Jaime Ray Newman, Guy Nattiv and Andrew Carlberg accept the Best Live Action Short Film award for 'Skin' onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards. (Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
The acceptance speech
"I moved here five years ago from Israel," a stunned Nattiv told the crowd at the Dolby Theatre. "This film is about education. It's about teaching your kids a better way."
Added Newman, who joined him on stage along with Carlberg and Maymon: "We dedicate this to our 5-month-old baby who's sitting at home with my parents watching this. We hope that you grow up in a world where these things don't happen because people learn to love and accept each other."
The backstage interviews
You don't get to go home and sit with your feelings right after winning an Oscar. No, you have to tell the world how you feel – many, many times. In a press conference backstage, Nattiv called the win "surreal, unreal" and said he probably won't be able to digest the full experience until months from now.
"To do a short with my amazing wife, as a producer and collaborator, is a dream," Nattiv, 45, said. "We're thankful. We're inspired."
Without so much as a hair out of place, the euphoric couple strolled into the Governors Ball as newly crowned Oscar winners after the show. It was the first, undoubtedly, of many soirees the Nattivs attended to ring in their big win. As of publication time for this article, we're not sure they've even gone to bed yet.
One more thing: Check out the trailer for the Oscar-winning movie, which has already been turned into a full-length feature (with Oscar potential, we presume?):
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